A Life-Course Perspective on Migration and Integration
Title: A Life-Course Perspective on Migration and Integration
Citation: Dordrecht, Springer, 2011
Over the last four decades the sociological life course approach with its focus on the interplay of structure and agency over time life course perspective has become an important research perspective in the social sciences. Yet, while it has successfully been applied to almost all fields of social inquiry it is much less used in research studying migrant populations and their integration patterns. This is puzzling since understanding immigrants’ integration requires just the kind of dynamic research approach this approach puts forward: any integration theory actually refers to life course processes. This volume shows fruitful cross-linkages between the two research traditions. A range of studies are presented that all apply sociological life course concepts to research on migrants and migrant groups in Europe. The book is organized thematically, indicating different important domains in the life course. Using a wide variety of methodological approaches, it covers both quantitative studies based on population census data and survey material as well as qualitative studies based on interviews. Attention is paid to the life courses of those who migrated themselves as well as their offspring. The studies cover different European countries, relating to one national context or a particular local setting in a city as well as cross-country comparisons. Overall the book shows that applying the sociological life course approach to migration and integration research may advance our understanding of immigrant settlement patterns as well as further develop the life course perspective.
Table of Contents:
Chapter 1 The Sociological Life Course Approach and Research on Migration and Integration 1 Chapter 2 Immigrants Educational Attainment A Closer Look at the Age at Migration Effect 27 Chapter 3 Varying Hurdles for Low Skilled Youth on the Way to the Labour Market 55 Chapter 4 Individual Resources and Structural Constraints in Immigrants Labour Market Integration 75 Chapter 5 Overcoming Barriers Career Trajectories of Highly Skilled Members of the German Second Generation 101 Chapter 6 Integration Trajectories A Mixed Method Approach 121 Chapter 7 National Context and Logic of Social Distancing Children of Immigrants in France and Germany 143 Chapter 8 Paths to Adulthood A Focus on the Children of Immigrants in the Netherlands 165 Chapter 9 Linked Life Events Leaving Parental Home in Turkish Immigrant and Native Families in Germany 187 Chapter 10 Occupational Mobility in the Life Course of Intermarried Ethnic Minorities 211 Chapter 11 The Effect of Ethnic Segregation on the Process of Assimilation 239 Chapter 12 Immigrant Integration Transnational Activities and the Life Course 259 Chapter 13 Immigrant Settlement and the Life Course An Exchange of Research Perspectives and Outlook for the Future 283 Copyright
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